[talk-ph] Wanting to learn and contribute

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 12 23:29:45 GMT 2012

Hi Miles,

I hope that all of your family, friends, and neighbors are safe in Guihulngan.

As for mapping, as you've said, there is no satellite imagery in your
city from which we can trace roads and other features in OSM. (The
EO-1 imagery discussed in December has a low resolution.) So the best
bet to increase the map data is via the traditional OSM way of
gathering GPS tracks. Since you are currently in Bahrain, obviously
that is not possible at the moment.

What you can do is to practice gathering GPS data and editing the data
in Bahrain itself. I think you can buy a simple GPS logger in Bahrain
then learn how to use the equipment there. Then you can try out how to
use the GPS tracks to edit stuff in Bahrain.

Thus, when you return home to Negros, you can then use your experience
to map Guihulngan.

Maybe you can also talk to Noel. He's the only person I know on this
mailing list who lives closest to Guihulngan, in San Carlos City.

Hope this helps. And maybe other people can provide other solutions. :)


On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM, miles <amenabe at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi!
> I've been lurking quietly on this list for quite a time now and I enjoy
> reading your posts every now and then. Although, I am not a consumer of
> OpenStreetMaps, I do appreciate the contributions you shared.
> I live in Guihulngan--- just recently hit by the 6.9 magnitude quake. I
> previously recognized that there is not much of mapping data in our area and
> this is one of the reasons why I joined the list, but the lack of knowledge
> and equipment kept me to just lurk hoping that in the long run I can learn
> something from your conversations.
> The recent tragedy compelled me to act. Had there been a map, it would be
> easier to pinpoint locations.
> In this regard, I want to ask guidance from the list on how to start and
> contribute to mapping (Philippine setting). I am currently in Bahrain where
> my job is and I have no prior experience in mapping but I know my interest
> will take me there. I know a few programming languages and understand
> servers and clients and (sort of) comfortable with Freebsd and Linux in
> addition to Windows and the concept of "opensource" community-driven
> projects.
> My goal is to learn as much as I can while here (abroad), buy
> not-so-expensive-but-rigid-enough equipment that I can take home during my
> vacation (hopefully in August this year) and that I can use to spark
> interest and share the knowledge and fun with others.
> I appreciate your help. Thanks!
> Best regards,
> Miles
> What have you done to clean (up) this dirty world?

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